Dear Christians...STFU About Gay Marriage!

The Supreme Court today said gay marriage is a right and it is the law of the land nationwide. Boom.

One thing I never understood about fundamentalist Christians' Biblical condemnation of gays and gay marriage is that this taboo comes only from the Old Testament, in Leviticus, which also contains several bizarre religious laws that few people follow today (like wearing garments made from only one fiber, not eating shellfish or cheeseburgers, and my favorite...stoning to death teenagers who mouth off to adults).

You can go read Leviticus. It's all there, not ambiguous at all.

It's just that fundamentalist Christians seem to zealously focus on the anti-gay part of Leviticus while ignoring the rest. Incomprehensible. You can't claim to take the Bible literally and then pick and choose which of God's laws you are going to recognize and follow.

But the Old Testament is the Jewish Bible, essentially, and not even that relevant to Christian faith. In the New Testament - the Christian Bible - the whole idea was that Jesus came along and made the Judaic Laws obsolete (Apostle Paul gets into this a lot in the NT). Jesus said all you had to do to get into Heaven was let his love inside you (intentional and appropos visual...).

Granted, the early Gospels (Luke, Mark) suggest Jesus wanted people to keep the Jewish Laws. Jesus was, after all, a Jew. But the later Gospels of John and Paul (the ones most Christians cite) are clear. You just need to accept Jesus and do as Jesus would to "get right" in God's eyes (Jesus would have been circumcized...are you? Get on that!). That's it. You don't need to hate on gays or stone your teenagers to death when they talk back to you.

So I never understood why fundamentalist Christians should be so zealously anti-gay, but not anti-shellfish or anti-cheeseburger or anti-clothing made of 2 or more fibers. But I suspect it is because some of them are just haters, and the rest just follow along and don't know their Bible verses as well as they think they do, or just obey their church leaders blindly.

There, I said it.

I expect there are going to be a lot of comments on this post from fundamentalist Christians trying to rationalize the above.

Fire away! It's always amusing to see how they get around these conundrums.



You Can't Pray Angst Away


I get increasingly annoyed when I see people using prayer as an excuse to do nothing.

Recently, a high school friend had a death in the family, reported on Facebook and asking for funeral fund donations.

Naturally, I responded with a donation and something along the lines of, "I am so sorry...please let me know if there is anything I can DO...in addition to donating money."

99% of the other responses were along the lines of, "You are in my thoughts and prayers." Translation: "I know it sucks, but don't expect me to do anything for you besides say I am going to think about it and pray...and chances are I won't even remember to pray. Now @#$& off."

I call bullshit on that. I know some people may say I am being too harsh. The thinking praying folks might very well be donating money or helping the family out.

But prayer and thought are useless, and saying you are going to do it means it is the primary way you are going to "help out." And if it is the only contribution you are going to make, you are useless to the grieving family. If you really care, ask what you can DO to help. Forget prayer. Prayer does not do shit and that's been proven by science.


Sunday Assembly of Madison Atheists, Agnostics, and Skeptics


Yesterday (Sunday October 26), my friend Sherry and I went to the Madison Sunday Assembly, a church like gathering of local atheists, agnostics, skeptics, and similarly minded folks. It was like church without God or religion.

They had music and presentations (about astronomy). They had greet thy neighbor and called for donations to help fund the next gathering. There were coffee and snacks afterwards.

It was at a Unitarian church, probably the only kind of church open minded enough to allow such a group to meet there. It was also at a very respectable 3 PM. Although this was probably by necessity so as not to compete with the morning assembly of the Unitarians, it was a good time of day for such a thing.

I spoke with a few people afterwards about contributing music or giving a short talk at a future event. Might be fun. My only issue is my availability. It meets the fourth Sunday of every month (also cool). I will be in Australia when the next one happens and the December one will be too close to Christmas for me to predict my whereabouts right now.

I am curious to know what holiday music they will do. I would guess it would be more secular selections like FROSTY THE SNOWMAN, RUDOLPH THE RNR, and JINGLE BELLS. But maybe someone will cleverly re-write the lyrics to a more religious tune to be more irreverent and fun.

Could that person be me?